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AR Rahman after a hit IIFA Rocks performance in New York: I try my best

AR Rahman has broken silence for the first time since his fans complained after a concert in London that he didn’t perform enough Hindi songs.

music Updated: Jul 16, 2017 11:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Bollywood music composer and singer AR Rahman arrive for the IIFA Awards.(AFP)

AR Rahman, who is currently in New York for the 18th India International Film Awards, gave a stellar concert on Saturday to an ecstatic crowd.

Talking to ANI, the Oscar-winning composer said he tries to give his best in a performance.

“I try my best, love how people have supported and loved me all these years,” he said.

Rahman was in news earlier this week when several fans complained about his July 8 concert in Wembley, London on Twitter. The concert-goers were miffed that Rahman did not perform enough Hindi songs and demanded a refund for the same.

Musician AR Rahman performs during the International Indian Film Academy Rocks. (REUTERS)

The complainants, who were mostly North Indians, then got schooled by the musician’s South Indian fans on how this is a classic example of ‘imposing Hindi’ on South Indians.

In New York, however, fans demanded an ‘encore’ for Rahman’ s Oorvasi Oorvasi, sung in Tamil.

Musician AR Rahman performs during the International Indian Film Academy Rocks show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (REUTERS)

“Once more, once more,” shouted out the fans at the MetLife Stadium, even as the clock struck 2 a.m. on Saturday morning.

“It’s too late right...,” commented Rahman, but broke into the rocking Humma Humma nevertheless.

The audience joined in as an ensemble of singers including Hariharan, Kailash Kher, Jonita Gandhi, Benny Dayal, Mika Singh and Neeti Mohan jammed it up with the music maestro on stage.

Bollywood singers Jonita Gandhi (L), AR Rahman (C) and Neeti Mohan. (AFP)

With a list of songs largely dominated by Hindi tracks, Rahman also sang around three to four numbers in his mother tongue, and the audience wasn’t complaining.

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First Published: Jul 16, 2017 11:00 IST